Joe Madison

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Joe Madison
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Joseph Edward Madison

(1949-06-16) June 16, 1949 (age 73)
EducationWashington University, B.A., 1971 (sociology)
Occupation(s)Talk Show Host, Commentator
Board member of
SpouseSherry (m. in or before 1978)
ChildrenShawna, Jason, Monesha, Michelle
Parent(s)Nancy Stone and Felix Madison, Herman Haygood (biological)
  • Freedom of Speech Award, Talkers Magazine, April 2008
  • Americans Noteworthy Community Leaders, Jaycees, 1976-78
  • Man of the Year, Black American Women's Hall of Fame, 1980
  • Men to Watch in the 1980's, Detroit Monthly Magazine
  • Nation's 50 Leaders of the Future, Ebony Magazine
  • Top Ten Newsmaker, Crain's Detroit Business
  • Achievement in Radio Award for Best Non-Drive Time Radio Show
  • Best Spot News Bdcast
  • finalist, Best New Talent Award
  • honorary Kentucky colonel

Joseph (Joe) Madison (born June 16, 1949), alternatively known as "The Black Eagle" or "Madison", is an American radio talk-show host and activist heard daily on SiriusXM Urban View.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Madison is a native of Dayton, Ohio., he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2019.[6]


Radio career[edit]

Madison began his broadcasting career in 1980 at Detroit's WXYZ-AM radio station.

Joining an otherwise white lineup at WWRC-AM in the early '90s, he developed a crossover appeal handling issues that included race but were aimed at the station's multiracial audience. He left in 1998, after the station fired its talent and changed format, to start an online chat show.[7]

WOL and XM Satellite Radio[edit]

He also worked at WOL-AM, and was placed in syndication on the Radio One Talk Network and its XM satellite channel. He left WOL in 2013.[8]

Urban View on Sirius[edit]

Madison is heard Mondays through Fridays from 6am to 10am on Urban View channel 126, SiriusXM.

On Feb. 25 – 27, 2015, Joe Madison hosted a record-breaking marathon whereby he talked for 52 hours on his SIRIUS XM talk show.[9] The broadcast is officially registered with the Guinness World Record Organization.[10]

Political activism[edit]

He publicized claims of CIA complicity in moving cocaine into the United States, sought evidence, and promoted legislation to declassify possibly related documents. On October 15, 1996, Madison, Dick Gregory, and John Newman launched a hunger strike to promote this legislation.[1]

A quarter century later, he announced another hunger strike: this time to press for voting rights legislation.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Madison has taken a DNA test indicating he has ancestry in Sierra Leone and Mozambique.[12] Research done for Finding Your Roots revealed that his great-grandfather was a white man from South Carolina who fought for the Confederates during the American Civil War; and his biological grandfather was included in the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.[13]

He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Sharon (Sherry) and is a father and grandfather. He earned his bachelors degree from Washington University in St. Louis.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Joseph E. Madison". Contemporary Black Biography (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Vol. 17. Detroit: Gale. March 23, 1998. Gale Document Number: GALE|K1606000606. Retrieved 2013-08-31. Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Joseph E(dward) Madison". Almanac of Famous People (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Gale. 2011. Gale Document Number: GALE|K1601048087. Retrieved 2013-08-31. Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Joseph Edward Madison, Mr.". Who's Who Among African Americans (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Detroit: Gale. June 1, 2003. Gale Document Number: GALE|K1645513758. Retrieved 2013-08-31. Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Red Cross Announces Four New Members of its Board of Governors" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). PR Newswire. June 5, 2013. Gale Document Number: GALE|A332502707. Retrieved 2013-09-01. Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Joe Madison The Black Eagle - BIO". Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  6. ^ a b Staff (June 29, 2022). "Legendary radio host Joe Madison signs new multi-year deal with SiriusXM". Retrieved Jan 20, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Hilpert, Mark (March 30, 1998). "NMP receives cash infusion from Columbia Capital". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-09-02. TALK SHOW HOST CHANGES MEDIA. Former WRC-AM talk show host Joe Madison, who was fired along with other WRC on-air personalities last month when the station switched formats and dial positions, is reaching out to a different audience -- Internet junkies. Madison's new show, " with Madison," is scheduled to debut April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at That's the address for Online Connections Inc., a District-based ISP. The weekly show, which will run on Monday evenings, operates much like the radio version: Madison will interview guests, and Web users will be able to read the interview and submit their questions and comments. The program will cover a broad range of subjects, including politics, current events and entertainment.
  8. ^ Harris, Hamil (April 17, 2013). "Joe Madison leaves WOL". The Root DC Live. Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  9. ^ "SiriusXM's Joe Madison Achieves Historic Goal of 52-Hour Marathon Broadcast Image". Afro. 27 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Joe Madison". National Consortium. 25 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Radio host says he is going on hunger strike until Congress passes voting rights bill".
  12. ^ Willing, Richard (February 1, 2006). "DNA rewrites history for African-Americans". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  13. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 5, 2016, PBS
  14. ^ "Joe Madison". Finding Your Roots. Retrieved 2023-01-08.

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